[Barbara Boxer] also suffers from a nationwide "enthusiasm gap" among Democrats, says writer Robert Cruickshank, Public Policy Director of the Courage Campaign. "Voters, especially the so-called Obama surge' voters from 2008, have seen the U.S. Senate in particular fail to implement an agenda of change," and are turned off. "All Senate Democrats are suffering as a result of the obstructionism employed by Democrats such as Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln and Joe Lieberman," says Cruickshank, and some California Democrats "are indicating they won't vote in November."This time, Boxer's six-year cycle "is falling at a time when Republicans are poised to make gains," says [Norman Solomon], who holds an elected seat on the California Democratic Party's Central Committee. "Someone in Boxer's position stands to suffer from demoralization and demobilization of the base." While Solomon insists progressives should help Boxer fend off [Carly Fiorina]'s right-wing challenge, he adds that Boxer has remained far too attached to President Obama's agenda, "and does not convey a tremendous amount of independence."Boxer's campaign manager, Rose Kapolczynski, says this year, even more than in 1992- when "it's the economy, stupid" was the Democrats' rallying cry - Democratic incumbents are caught in the slumbering economy's crosshairs. "People are frustrated and angry at the pace of economic recovery, and I understand," says Kapolczynski, who has worked for Boxer since 3991. "The recovery is still slower than anyone wants, and that frustration is leading them to say, 1No, I'm not inclined to re-elect Barbara Boxer, or any other congressional incumbent.' "
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